Stage Fort Park is part of the Essex National Heritage Area. The park is the site of Gloucester’s first settlers in 1623. The first stop should be at the visitor center which covers the park, Gloucester and is an official visitor center for the Essex National Heritage Area a National Park Service unit. The park is full of modern facilities such as sport fields, a dog park, a playground and large grassy areas perfect for picnics. There are also two beach areas and a grandstand where there are concerts and fireworks during the summer.
My suggestion for a trip to Gloucester is to pick up some great seafood or plan a barbecue (bring your own grill) and have a pleasant lunch on the grass before heading out onto Cape Ann for your shopping and sightseeing.